LA Judge Dismisses Second Case Against Mexican Cardinal

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against a Mexico City cardinal because of lack of jurisdiction.

The decision marks the second time a Los Angeles judge has dismissed the lawsuit against Cardinal Norberto Rivera for that reason.

A man identified only as "Juan Doe" sued Rivera for allegedly conspiring with U.S. church officials to shelter a pedophile priest.

The plaintiff alleged that Rivera transferred the priest to Los Angeles in 1988 for nine months even though he knew he had abused children. The priest then fled back to Mexico after being accused of abusing children in Los Angeles.

The plaintiff says he was abused in 1997 in Mexico's Oaxaca (Wa-HACA') state.

The priest, who remains at large in Mexico, has been charged in California with 19 felony counts of committing lewd acts on a child.

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